Why Push On?

Why Push On?

Why you need to keep pushing on through the bad times in life.

I have come to a point in my life where I constantly ask the question, "Why?" Why do I continue to struggle through classes? Why do I put unprecedented amounts of stress on myself? Why do I love with every fiber of my being when those I love don't always feel the same? Why, why, why. It is something that is constantly on my mind.

I have been through a lot in my short life. I have had problems with one of my brothers; I have struggled with the feelings I harbor for myself. I haven't even hit twenty for crying out loud. I have so many ambitions, wishes, and goals, but I have never wanted to give up so badly. Never has the urge to throw in the towel and just accept what has been dealt to me, been so strong. To just say, "Why do I push on? I try so hard to accomplish my goals, but it always backfires. I struggle with classes; relationships; my own thoughts. Why do I continue to push through?"

I am sure many people ask this of themselves, and they do give up. I know some people, other than myself, that think these exact same thoughts. They feel like they have lost; that they have nothing left to live for. It is definitely not great to be in this place in life, but if there is one thing I have learned, it is that there are things to push on for. Those being: love, happiness, and peace, among other things.

It may not seem like it now, and it is extremely hard to believe this, but some day, it will get better. I push on because I have to believe that someday I will achieve my goals and be happy. I push on because I hope that it may encourage those I care about who also struggle with life to push on with me. I push on because I hope that someday I will find love and I know that it will be worth it. All of the pain and suffering; the struggle to continue. All of it. To finally find the pure elation that I have been pushing on for. To finally find be truly happy. To me, that is worth it. All I can hope is that it will be worth it for you too.

I will leave with a quote from my favorite band, The Dear Hunter. "The silver lining still remains."

Thanks for reading,


Cover Image Credit: Zach Hutchison

Popular Right Now

Reasons Why Having Gay Or Lesbian Parents is Weird

Every single reason, listed for your convenience.


There aren't any reasons why having gay or lesbian parents is weird.

We need to stop treating it as though there are.

The End.

Cover Image Credit: CFCA

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

11 Things You NEVER Say To A College Girl Trying To Get Into Shape

Just never talk about a person's weight.


When my family and friends joked that I was going to gain 15 pounds in my freshman year of college as a result of the "Freshman 15," I thought it was what it was supposed to be: a joke. However, as the year has come to an end, I realized that I actually did put on a couple of pounds, albeit it wasn't the predicted 15.

As I told those that I wanted to get into an ideal shape for my body, I was met with some insensitive and ignorant remarks. Everyone thought that I mean just losing the weight I had put on.

1. "You walk to all of your classes, why aren't you losing weight that way?"

My legs are more toned than they ever have been before. However, most of the weight I have been gaining has gone directly to my gut (annoying!) and walking does not remedy that. Unfortunately, I have to stick to ab workouts.

2. "But you look fine to me!"

I don't feel healthy to myself. I'm not trying to stay in shape for anyone else, just myself, thanks. I appreciate you trying to make me feel better about my body image but I know something has to be done.

3. "I didn't gain any weight in college."

Good for you. I did. I'm trying to do something about it.

4. "Just stop drinking."

I don't drink. Really, the only liquid I consume is water or iced tea. I don't like soda and alcohol makes me nauseous way too easily.

5. "Isn't the gym free on campus for students?"

Yes, but some people don't like working out in front of others. I am one of those people. My friend lives in an apartment complex that has their own gym and almost no one is ever there but not everyone has that luxury. Also, some are busy and do not have time for a quick jog or to stretch.

6. "You should try this diet/pills/exercise routine."

I am thankful that you are trying to help but my diet is just eating healthy and having a few cheat days in between. I know what exercises work best for me and I am just not taking pills. Bodies adjust differently.

7. "Don't starve/force yourself to throw up."

Trust me, I know. I'm trying to lose the weight healthily. If you do find yourself practicing unhealthy eating habits or realizing your body image is deteriorating, the NEDA Hotline is (800) 931-2237. Please reach out if you are going through hardships.

8. "Won't you have to buy a whole new wardrobe?"

If I drop (or even add) a size or two. We grow out and grow tired of clothes on the regular, what's the difference if you have to buy some because of a weight change? Plus, who doesn't love buying new clothes?

9. "Just eat healthier."

Didn't think of it! Options are limited at college where the dining halls don't offer all that much that is actually good for your body. Now that I'm at home, it's easier. But I'm already trying to eat healthy.

10. "You've evened out since the last time I saw you!"

This is code for you've put on some weight. I hear it mostly from older relatives because my friends will flat out tell me if I've gotten a little chunky.

11. "You're just stressed."

Personally, this one gets me livid. I do admit that when I am stressed or anxious, I do turn to food for comfort but when I am delighted and genuinely happy, will my body magically revert into a fit state?

Sadly, no.

Honestly, I am just trying to get my body back into shape. For me, that means cutting back on greasy foods and kicking a bad habit of sitting on my butt all day. For others, it could mean more or less. As long as your body is in good physical condition and you are content, the number on the scale and others' thoughts shouldn't matter. Take care of yourself.

Related Content

Facebook Comments